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Diploma of Language Studies

Diploma of Language Studies Accelerated Mode

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Overview

The Diploma of Language Studies is a flexible pathway program designed to offer you the opportunity to study language either alongside your undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or after you have completed undergraduate studies.

You can choose from fourteen languages offered by the School of Languages and Cultures. The Diploma is offered in both Standard mode, offered part time during semester; and the more flexible Accelerated mode, currently offered in Chinese, French, Japanese, Korean and Spanish.

This diploma will ensure that you are confident with language skills and have a strong understanding of the culture and societies in which that language is spoken. For more information about the Diploma of Language Studies, including the accelerated mode, visit the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

Majors

You can complete any of the modern language majors listed below in the standard mode. The following majors are also available in an accelerated mode: Chinese Studies, French and Francophone Studies, Japanese Studies, Korean Studies, Spanish and Latin American Studies.

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What you'll study

The Diploma of Language Studies requires the completion of a major (48 credit points) in your language of study.

As a beginner with no prior experience you will complete two units of language acquisition in the first year, one in each semester.

You will continue this pattern into the second and third years, where you'll also complete one unit per year in cultural study relevant to the chosen language.

If you have prior experience with the language, you may be able to start at a higher level.

Units of Study

Completion requirement

The standard suggested pathway for the Diploma of Language Studies consists of the completion of 48 credit points (8 units of study) studying part time over 3 years, although depending on your language proficiency it may be completed in as little as 1.5 years. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and performance-related activities prescribed for their units of study.

An accelerated mode pathway is available for some languages and allows completion of the Diploma in 15 months.

Accelerated mode

The accelerated pathway of the Diploma of Language Studies is available for the following languages:

  • Spanish
  • Korean
  • Japanese
  • French
  • Chinese

The accelerated mode is designed for students who are currently enrolled in a degree course with no units free for language studies, but nonetheless would like to study a language concurrently. Graduate and postgraduate students are also eligible to enrol for the accelerated mode.

The overall structure of the diploma in accelerated mode consists of standard units of study that are offered in intensive format throughout the year. The duration for the course is 15 months. Typically, in accelerated mode, the course structure will consist of:

  1. A common unit of study on intercultural communication, to be offered in a combination of online and intensive format.
  2. One semester-long country-specific unit of study, to be offered in English online, providing common background knowledge on the target country (or region, in the case of Latin America), and specialist content relevant to different disciplines (e.g. health, engineering, business).
  3. Two junior units of study, to be taken in intensive format during the semester break.
  4. Four senior language units of study offered in intensive format during the semester or in summer or winter school format, which may be taken in-country, or else students can combine in-country study with standard language units.

Language learning in the beginners level units of study will be designed to cover relevant thematic areas and complement the English language background unit. This will include practical language associated with corporate, public service and research engagement (numbers, telling time, locations, taking transport, making and renegotiating appointments, language of phone calls).

In-country units will be taught using a University of Sydney curriculum by partner universities in a relevant country context

Internship units in relevant faculties will be cross-listed at the upper level and may be substituted for one upper-level language unit of study, on the condition that the internship be taken in a country where the relevant language is spoken. This will increase the relevance and flexibility of the diploma.

Assumed knowledge

No prior knowledge of the language you wish to study is necessary.

The Faculty offers classes at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. If you have prior experience with the language you are studying you can be assessed by the relevant department and placed in the appropriate level class.

Admission requirement

Admission to candidature for the Diploma of Language Studies requires the applicant to:

  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree, postgraduate or combined degree program at the University of Sydney, and have completed one year of full time (or equivalent part time) study; or
  • be enrolled in an undergraduate degree, postgraduate or combined degree program at another recognised tertiary institution, and have completed one year of full time (or equivalent part time) study; or
  • have been awarded, or be eligible for the award of, an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution.

Course opportunities

Where possible the School of Languages and Culture strongly encourages students to spend a semester (or at least a summer break) in a native speaking country of their language of study where they can study the language and experience the country's culture first hand.

Graduate opportunities

Career opportunities for graduates of the Diploma of Language Studies depend on the area of study undertaken. A diploma is often a springboard to a postgraduate degree or a way of focusing your study in a particular area by doing a short course.  

Future study options

Eligible candidates may apply for admission to a rich postgraduate program in the humanities and social sciences, comprising advanced learning and professional courses. Master degrees include capstone projects ranging from internships with government and non-government organisations in Australia and overseas, to opportunities for independent research projects which prepare students for higher degrees by research.

Domestic students

Indicative Undergraduate Student Contribution Amount


The student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the amount payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the calendar year in which you undertake your study in the course, and the specific units of study in which you enrol. For further information about how to calculate your specific total student contribution, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website.

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and will increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the student contribution. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

International students

Indicative International Tuition Fees for Undergraduate Students


The tuition fee for international undergraduate students is an indication of the fees payable in Year 1 for a standard full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). Depending on the calendar year in which you undertake your study, and if your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL, your tuition fee will differ from the indicative amount. For further information about how to calculate your specific total tuition fees, please refer to the University's Tuition Fees website

Annual review and fee increases


Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and will increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.

Additional incidental costs and health insurance


For some courses there are incidental costs additional to the tuition fees. Some of these incidental costs are significant, for example, course-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. Further information about these costs is available from https://sydney.edu.au/students/materials-and-equipment.html. In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.

Visa/MasterCard/American Express/JCB surcharge


Please note that a surcharge of 0.8% will apply for payments made by Visa, MasterCard, American Express or JCB. The surcharge is subject to review and may change. Information about payment methods and the surcharge is set out at: http://sydney.edu.au/study/finances-fees-costs/fees-and-loans/paying-your-fees.html.

Potential for inaccuracy


Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about fees.

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